Top ChoiceBeach in Punaluʻu

Punaluʻu Black Sand Beach Park

Beyond the nearly omnipresent green sea turtles basking in the sun, or the rare hawksbill turtles that lay their eggs here (be careful where you walk), this windswept beach is famous for its black sand:...

Beach in Punaluʻu

Kawa Bay

Repeatedly a flash-point for coastal-access and land-rights issues, Kawa Bay is now a quiet, pebbly cove. It's bounded by a creek and cliff-top heiau (temple) on one side, and Kaʻalaiki, the island's...

Temple in Punaluʻu

Kaneʻeleʻele Heiau

Also referred to as Punaluʻu Nui, 800-year-old Kaneʻeleʻele Heiau was the region's luakani, or place of human sacrifice. A large flat stone below the southwest corner of the temple walls is believed to have...

Church in Punaluʻu

Henry Opukahaʻia Chapel

A small rock chapel and cemetery above Kawa Bay is dedicated to Punaluʻu resident, Henry Opukahaʻia. Several years after watching his parents get killed in a war between rival chiefs, he boarded a ship for...